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Ninja III: The Domination [Blu-ray/DVD Combo] (1984)

Sho Kosugi , Lucinda Dickey , Sam Firstenberg  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sho Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey, Jordan Bennett, David Chung, Dale Ishimoto
  • Directors: Sam Firstenberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BNAE1IS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Commentary By Director Sam Firstenberg And Stunt Coordinator Steve Lambert

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A female aerobic instructor is possessed by an evil spirit of a fallen ninja when coming to his aid. The spirit seeks revenge on those who killed him and uses the female instructor's body to carry out his mission. The only way the spirit will leave the aerobic instructor's body is through combat with another ninja.

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Martial arts and horror collide headlong--with no apparent survivors--in Cannon Films' Ninja III: The Domination (1984), one of the most bizarre emissions from the '80s cult/camp netherworld. Though billed as a sequel, Ninja III has no connection to its predecessors--Enter the Ninja (1981) and Revenge of the Ninja (1983)--beyond the oaken presence of Sho Kosugi, who spends half of the picture's running time off camera before earning a showcase for his skills in the final third. The majority of screen time is instead afforded to actress Lucinda Dickey (Breakin') as a telephone line worker/aerobics instructor who becomes possessed by the spirit of an evil ninja (David Chung) shot down by the police after a deliriously violent golf course assault. Dickey is soon tricked out in ninja gear and tracking down the officers involved in the killing. This does not sit well with new (and alarmingly hirsute) boyfriend and cop Jordan Bennett, who brings in an exorcist (James Hong from Chinatown and Blade Runner) to solve matters before Kosugi eventually arrives to face off against the ninja's ghost. Under the direction of B-action vet Sam Firstenberg--who also oversaw Dickey in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo that same year--Ninja III is a fast-paced crazy quilt of inexplicable story choices (the ninja spirit "communicating" with Dickey through a video game; Dickey seducing Bennett with a can of V8), outrageous fight sequences (the opening golf course attack, which amasses a colossal body count in its 10-minute-plus running time), wildly divergent acting styles, and scenes cribbed from Hollywood features (a nod to Poltergeist when Dickey is dragged into her closet by unseen forces while avant-garde singer Diamanda Galás provides supernatural cries on the soundtrack), all liberally salted with '80s cultural ephemera (aerobics, Patrick Nagel prints, neon, processed men's hairdos). In short, Ninja III is a junk movie devotee's dream: a picture that operates by its own lopsided rules of sanity and logic while attempting to adhere to the absurd requirements of its story and the ninja subgenre. Scream Factory's two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo is light on supplemental features but does provide an amusing and informative commentary track by Firstenberg and stunt coordinator Steve Lambert, who enthusiastically recount the challenges of working within the Cannon system and mounting a martial arts movie on a limited budget. Though a trailer is mentioned on the cover packaging, none is present on the discs, but the array of international poster art makes up for its absence. --Paul Gaita

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be on DVD. February 18, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
The opening fight scene is legendary. Golf ball crushing, eyeball stabbing, punching through the roof of a police car, ninja star to the face, this fight has it all! The ninja even throws a star with his foot and shoots a dart down the barrel of a gun!

A woman is possessed by an evil ninja who uses her body to avenge his death. That's cool and the kill scenes are cool, especially the one at the cemetery, but unfortunately the woman also has a hairy boyfriend whose main habit is to show off the hair on his shoulders while talking a lot about nothing.

Even with the hairy guy slowing down the pace NINJA III: THE DOMINATION manages to secure itself as a minor masterpiece in the ninja genre thanks to the martial arts skills of Sho Kosugi and David Chung. Also look for James Hong in a minor role.

You're not a true ninja fan until you've got this movie in your collection.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I will admit up front that I am a Cannon film aficionado. I grew up with and still adore all their 80s cheesy action offerings. Before their loveable Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris and "American Ninja" offerings, Cannon released their "Ninja" trilogy consisting of "Enter the Ninja", "Revenge of the Ninja" and "Ninja III: The Domination". MGM released "Revenge of the Ninja" on DVD ages ago and for many years I have been patiently waiting for them to unleash the other two entries in the series. "Enter the Ninja" finally got a DVD release, albeit on their crummy MOD (made-on-demand) DVD-R program, but the transfer was good and at least it has been made available to fans. Sadly "Ninja III" was nowhere on the horizon for even a MOD release until a little company called BonZai Media Corporation unleashed it on DVD under the radar.

BonZai is a rather shady company and the legitimacy of their releases is frequently brought into question. Their transfers are hit an miss ranging from beautiful anamorphic widescreen to crummy VHS ports. Still their releases are silver pressed discs so all looks good on the surface. Sadly with "Ninja III" it's a VHS transfer. I've seen good VHS DVD transfers in my day but this is not even on par with many of Lionsgate's releases. This is a bad VHS transfer with digital compression blocks frequent throughout and extremely noticeable on large widescreen TVs. To top it off, the VHS that was used for the transfer is a Japanese tape and is complete with non-removable (or burned in) Japanese subtitles.

If BonZai was going to source their transfer from a VHS then why didn't they just use an American tape? My VHS has much better picture quality and doesn't have the annoying Japanese subtitles to boot.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Mark
Format:VHS Tape
This is in my opinion the best ninja movie ever made. Yes, it is very corny and yes it is very cheesy but in a good kind of way. It's one of those movies where it is so bad it's actually good. This movie could be one of the best so bad it's actually good kind of movies ever made. I will give you the positives and negatives about this film. If you read this, this will be the best and the most official review about this movie.

Positives

1. It has ninjas in it. Duh. Love them ninjas.

2. Sho Kosugi who is a real ninja in real life is in it.

3. This movie has a great location. It was filmed in Phoenix, Arizona on the months of October of 1983 to December of 1983. Love the great ending on top of the mountains.

4. Sho Kosugi doesn't use his kids in this one. Yippie for us.

5. Lucinda Dickey is hot in this movie, probably still is hot even today. Who knows.

6. This movie has loads and loads of action. This movie is all about action.

7. The coolest and most rediculous beginning of a movie in movie history. If you have seen this movie you all know what happens.

8. This movie borrowed elements from Flashdance which was released in 1983. So they must of stole that pretty quickly. And of course this movie borrows from The Exorcist during the exorcism scene where they try to bring out the demon out of Lucinda Dickey which of course turns out to be a Ninja!!!!!!

Negatives

1. No dvd. I have been contacting Anchor Bay and Blue Underground. Hopefully some company will finally realize that this deserves a dvd release.

2. There are deleted scenes that may or may not be still out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
'Scream Factory' have done an amazing job releasing this mid 80's obscurity from 'Cannon Films'. The Blu-Ray transfer looks absolutely amazing and the sound quality is excellent as well. There is also an Audio Commentary track on the disc by director Sam Firstenberg and Stunt Coordinator Steve Lambert, which is one of the most interesting and comprehensive commentary tracks on film making. A very informative dissection of how an action film is constructed and made, as well as the amazing influence and input a stunt team has on the production of a film.

I was left completely satisfied after viewing the film with the commentary track and it left me with an appreciation for the art of film making. I highly recommend this disc for the commentary track alone and hope that Scream Factory will release all their films with such great transfers and special features.

I'd love for them to release 'American Ninja' on Blu-Ray in the near future, and in the mean time I will be exploring more of their great releases.

Buy this and have a blast!
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